Basic Science Chairs Launch Discovery Science Grand Rounds

The basic science department chairs at the Miller School will host the Discovery Science Grand Rounds the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium. A 20-minute reception will precede each lecture.

The Discovery Science Grand Rounds, designed to increase awareness of scientific achievements at the Miller School and highlight the importance of basic science discoveries, will focus on fields of exceptional significance and novelty with a broad interdisciplinary interest. Only UM faculty members are invited to present.

Alberto Pugliese, M.D., professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, presented “Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets in the Type 1 Diabetes Spectrum,” on December 8.

Richard L. Rotundo, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neuroscience, presented the inaugural Grand Rounds titled “Changing the Fate of Protein Folding In Vivo.” on January 13.

Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., Dodson Professor of microbiology and immunology, presented “Converting Disseminated Tumor Lesions Into ‘Immunological Pathogens’” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on February 10.

Carlos Moraes, Ph.D., professor of neurology, presented “Mitochondrial Metabolism and Aging: The More the Merrier” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on March 10.

Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and cell biology and anatomy, presented “Novel Perspectives on the Molecular Regulation of the Kidney Filtration Barrier,” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on April 14.

Kerry Burnstein, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, presented “Targeting Steroid Hormone-Regulated Pathways in Prostate Cancer,” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on May 12.

Maria Abreu, M.D., professor of medicine, presented “Can TLR4 Antagonists Be Used to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease?” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on June 9.

Thomas Malek, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, presented “Interleukin-2 Receptor Signaling: At the Interface Between Tolerance and Immunity,” at the Discovery Grand Rounds on September 8.

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, presented “High Throughput Phenotyping in an Academic Lab: From Images to Networks,” at the Discovery Science Grand Rounds on Oct. 13.

Gerhard Dahl, M.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, presented “Pannexin: From Discovery to Bedside in 10 ± 4 Years?” at the Discovery Science Grand Rounds on Nov. 10.

Departments conducting discovery science research are invited to nominate faculty members to present by submitting the faculty member’s name and a brief summary of the proposed topic. Calls for nominations will be solicited by the basic science chairs twice a year. An invitation to present Discovery Science Grand Rounds is considered a special honor and recognition for outstanding discoveries and superior research productivity. Speakers will be selected, based on merit, by the basic science chairs during regular monthly meetings.

Those who cannot attend can view the event via live webcast at For more information or to submit a nominee, please contact Mitzi Tanaka at

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